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"A New Beginning" 1863

Randy Bond - 13Jun11 11:21AM


A group of enslaved African Americans, fleeing a Virginia tobacco plantation whose owner has already fled from the oncoming Yankees, stop to ask directions to Union lines from a picket of the 5th NY Volunteer Infantry ("Duryée's Zouaves").

Figures from Wm. Hocker sets 322, 325, and 378



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1. Randy Bond - 13Jun11 11:27AM


Scenes like this one appeared in the pictorial press such as Harper's Weekly throughout the war.

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